Weesp


Weesp is a small, old Dutch town in the shadow of Amsterdam. Its history dates all the way back to the middle ages, to the year 1355, when it was granted city rights. From the 12th till the late 15th century Weesp was an important trade town thanks to the river ‘De Vecht’. The river was a popular trade route for ships going land inwards. Due to a civil war in late 15th century the period of prosperity comes to an end. After a period of economic decline, the rest of the town’s history is characterized by breweries in the 17th century, porcelain in the 18th century and a chocolate factory in the 19th century.

 

Compared to the centre of Amsterdam, what you’ll find in Weesp can be described as an oasis of serenity. In Weesp you’ll find monumental buildings, canals and small shops like Amsterdam, but its undiscovered by the big crowd. That’s why we think Weesp is an excellent break from the chaotic city. Although it is just 15 km away it will give you different view on The Netherlands as a country. The sleepy town connected to Amsterdam by the Amsterdam-Rijn canal and the river De Vecht. Between Amsterdam and Weesp you’ll find typical Dutch rural areas. 
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The Ossenmarkt bridge in Weesp is just one of the pretty bridges to be found

What to see in Weesp?

We strongly advise you to take a rental bike when going to Weesp as it makes it easier to get to all interesting spots to see. Cycling in the rural areas around Weesp will be a relaxing experience as traffic is not as busy as it is in Amsterdam. Simply enjoy the Dutch landscape and stop where ever you like. If you don’t feel like cycling to Weesp you could also rent a bicycle from the train station in Weesp. If cycling is just not for you, keep in mind that getting around will take longer.

The monumental town hall of Weesp was build in the 18th century. Nowadays it's home to a museum dedicated to the city.

Town hall

In the center of the town you’ll find the monumental townhall. It was build between 1772-1776 and designed by Jacob Otten Husly. Nowadays you’ll find a museum on the city’s history in the town hall. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Weesp or would like to see the 18th century porcelain, you’re welcome Wednesday till Sunday in the afternoon between 13:30 p.m. till 17:00 p.m.

This fortress is reminder of Weesp being part of the first line of defense of Amsterdam

Ossenmarkt fortress

This fortress from 1861 was once part of the first line of defense of Amsterdam, called Hollandic Water Line. It was used to defend the shores of the river De Vecht. It was only used twice as it was intended; during the French-German war in 1870-1871 and during the First World War 1914-1918. It can be reached from the town center by the Ossenmarkt bridge. An ancient canon is all that reminds of the military function of the building.

Villa Casparus is one of the pretiest buildings in Weesp.

Villa Casparus

Villa Casparus is one of the pretiest buildings in Weesp. It was build in 1901 as a residence for the owner of the Van Houten Chocolate company. Originally the building had 99 rooms. In 2002 it was rebuilt with appartments surrounding the building, but keeping in tact the beautiful building itself.

Traditional Dutch Windmills

Would you like to see some monumental Dutch wind mills? You’ll find multiple in and around Weesp, some of which are still being used today. On the Utrechtseweg, you’ll find two windmills besides each other. They windmills on shores of De Vecht are called ‘Molen De Vriendschap’ (friendship) and ‘Molen De Eendracht’ (unity). Thanks to the ability to spin 360The history of the windmills dates back to the late 17th century, but Molen De Vriendschap was rebuild in 1900 after it burned down through lightning.

The other wind mill is on the picture is ‘Molen De Haan’ (rooster). It can be found on the ‘Korte Stammerdijk’. This wind mill is not being used anymore.

What to do in Weesp?

Besides sight seeing there don’t miss out on the following activities:

1. Try a ‘Weesper Mop’ at one of the bakeries

People from Weesp are often nicknamed ‘Weesper Mop’ after the famous cookie they claimed for themselves. Whether the almond paste cookie  really originated from Weesp is unsure, fact is that the official name is Weesper Mop nowadays. In 1988 all the the bakers from Weesp joined forces in an effort to bake the largest Weesper Mop for an official world record. The cookie ended up weighing 115 kilograms. This event is memorized with a little statue in the town centre.

Bakeries where you can buy a Weesper Moppen:

  • Bakery Wesselman; Breedstraat 23
  • Bakery Muhl; Nieuwstad 64
  • Bakery Abbekerk; Slijkstraat 45

2. Rent a small boat to sail ‘De Vecht’ river and see Weesp and surroundings from the water at cafe ‘Het Helletje’

Just like Amsterdam, Weesp is rich of waterways with its canals and river ‘De Vecht’. Therefore an awesome way of sightseeing is by boat. Sail along the canals and through the beautiful rural area’s De Vecht runs through.

3. Get an award winning ice cream at ‘Nelis Ice Saloon’

Nelis Ice Saloon is the best ice saloon in The Netherlands.  They serve ice cream, which is made fresh every day with only the very best ingredients without any conservatives. Nelis and its employees have won multiple awards with their ice cream and are often named in the media. There are around 50 different flavors to pick from and you can pick and mix as much as you like! After a day of sightseeing definitely don’t miss out on a treat from Nelis! Nelis is open 7 days a week till 22:00 in the evening.

You can find the ice saloon in the local shopping street called ‘Slijkstraat’:

Nelis’ IJssalon
Slijkstraat 41
1380 GA, Weesp
https://www.nelisijssalon.nl/

4. Visit the city Museum

For those who would like to learn more about the history of Weesp, the city museum is well worth a visit. You will find the museum in historical town hall. In the museum you will learn about the porcelain factory and the ‘Van Houten Chocolate factory’. The openinghours are Wednesday till Sunday from 13:30 till 17:00. The entrance fee is only €5,-. For more info check out the (Dutch) website: https://www.museumweesp.nl/.

5. Have something to eat and drink on one of the terraces

If the weather allows it, enjoy one of the terraces in Weesp. Enjoy a drink and maybe a authentic Dutch Croquette or Bitterbal or other snack. Watch the boats and time pass you by while you feel completely at rest.

6. Take a selfie with a traditional Dutch windmill

The Netherlands is famous for tulips, windmills and wooden shoes. The last thing you want to do is leave the country with out a picture of a Dutch Windmill. Weesp won’t disappoint as there are three windmills to be found. Two of them are are still being use today. Molen De Vriendschap is still being used today to grind grain, it’s run by volunteers. On Saturdays between 10.00  a.m. and 16.00 p.m. the windmill can be visited and its products can be bought from the shop. A little donation for maintenance is always appreciated.

How to get to there

Weesp is situated to the South East of Amsterdam. From the last subway stop ‘Gaasperplas’ in Amsterdam South East, the centre of Weesp is just 5 kilometers away. Weesp can either be reached by bike or by train. We would advice you to take the bike as it’s a convenient way to move around in Weesp and surrounding area’s. From the centre of Amsterdam, Weesp is within 15km reach which will take you about 45 minutes. Cycling in the rural area’s around Weesp is a real treat. It will give you a nice view on the typical Dutch landscape. If you don’t want to cover too much distance by bike, you can also choose to go there by train and still have an option to rent a bike at the trainstation of Weesp.

Train to Weesp

From Amsterdam Central Station, there’s a regular connection with Weesp. The train departs 4 times per hour. Look for the train in the direction of either Weesp or Amersfoort Vathorst. Make sure to buy a ticket before getting on the train. A two way ticket will cost you approximately €7,-. For children under 12 there’s a discount ticket available, called railrunner. For more information also see our public transport page

Cycling route from Amsterdam to Muiden and Weesp

In the map below we plotted a route from Amsterdam to both Muiden and Weesp. The route takes you along small roads through the rural area’s around Amsterdam. As there is little traffic the route is perfectly suited for kids as well. If you will cycle the route according to the map, you will cover 42 kilometres which comes down approximately two and a half hours of cycling. However along the route there are plenty of sights and stops to take a rest. Depending on your stops of choice you will be able to spend anywhere from 4 to 8 hours on this day trip from Amsterdam.

 

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